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Washington DC is slowly reopening but there are still many locations that are not open to the public just yet.
If you’re looking for what to do in Washington DC during the pandemic, this comprehensive guide will help you navigate what is open in DC right now.
This page was updated on April 05, 2021
Please note that Washington DC has some guidelines for visiting:
We offer a number of walking tours right now! All tours take safety precautions such as mandatory face coverings, small groups, no interior stops and physical distancing.
You can join us for tours of:
While most museums in DC are closed right now, not all are – you can visit some of the smaller and/or private museums with adviced timed tickets.
Museums that are currently open in Washington DC (as of April 05, 2021)
Which Smithsonian Museums are Open right now? Sadly, none. ALL Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo will be closed. They have not announced a reopening date.
All the memorials on the National Mall and Tidal Basin are open to visitors, though some of the small interior museums are closed.
The Washington Monument is also currently closed.
A stroll through these neighborhoods offers photo ops, charm and if you walk with one of our self guided audio tours, a lot of history.
Big Bus Tours have recently reopened in Washington DC with enhanced safety measures.
Bus Tours allow you to hop on and hop off at select sites with a guided narration as you drive between. This is a good way to see sites but also get around the city.
One of our favorite museums in DC has reopened! Here you have a chance to explore their new location and learn about the tricks of the espionage trade.
The Spy Museum is open Thursday to Monday.
You can read more about the International Spy Museum here.
Arlington Cemetery is open and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier reopens on March 09, 2021.
You can also visit the Women in Military Service Memorial & Museum though free timed tickets are required.
DC has a lot of great places to eat! You can Support DC Businesses by ordering to go or eating on some of the outdoor patios. Many restaurants will have heated patio seating as the days get cooler.
Some of our favorite places to eat are:
DC by Foot has partnered with Justice Walks DC to offer tours of Washington DC neighborhoods through the lens of Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Join Kate, a social justice educator, for a discussion about these neighborhoods and where available a chance to talk to community leaders and business owners.
NOTE: this is a tour that will discuss topics some may find controversial such as race, racism and economics. It is also a participatory, discussion based tour. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book this as a private tour.
The National Gallery of Art, which offers a chance to see the only Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas, as well as Turners, Titians and more, is currently closed.
But you can still visit the outdoor sculpture gardens!
We are big fans of history & hops, so when the Heurich House Brewmaster’s Castle opened their garden, we could not have been more excited.
On Thursdays from 5pm-8pm you can have a 1921 style Happy Hour- featuring Senate Beer and Liberty Apple Cider.
Find out more here: https://heurichhouse.org/visithhm
As of November 23, 2020 Ford’s Theatre is closed.
Ford’s Theatre has closed (again) but we’re still offering our famous Lincoln Assassination Walking Tours. Our walking tours do not enter any buildings and we end outside the famous theatre painting a picture for you. It is a great alternative for going inside!
In addition to the National Mall, Washington DC has a lot of open green space for exploring.
Our hiking expert, Bob, has written a whole post about finding hiking in the DC area.
The Capitol Wheel at National Harbor is an observation wheel that takes you up 180′ in one of 42 climate controlled gondales. Sunset rides are the most popular.
Keep in mind that National Harbor is a ways out of downtown but there are a number of things you can do there such as a public art walk, the Awakening statue, restaurants and more. Read our post on things to do in National Habor…
‘Renewal 2021’ opens March 15, 2021 and is inspired by DC’s Cherry Blossom season. You’ll walk through an industrial city 100 years in the future where nature struggles to survive. Leave with a sense of hope though seeing cherry blossoms peak through the plastic and concrete.